JisrDreaming – Here we go
The moment I knew I will be putting up the exhibition at Abrams Hostel, I thoughtit would be a great idea to do the same in other interesting hostels and guesthouses in Israel, and around the world. Michal Sadeh had the same thought, and suggested I should hold some interviews at Juha's Guesthouse, in Jisr-aZarka.
It sounded interesting, different, close to home. I drove there.
As I walk around, getting to know some people, I notice the women's activities.Local women get together at the guesthouse and work their needles – embroidery, macramé, micro- macramé, Palestinian embroidery – within a program that Michal is managing in the village.
And, hop! That spark lit up inside me. Who are these women, how are their live shere, why do they embroider, and a thousand questions more. I thought about how slightly embarrassing it is to admit, but I never stopped to think about the life in a village that is only a 10 minute drive from my home, and each time that women from that village were mentioned, it was related to their cleaning jobs.
I told Michal that this time we'll skip the travelers, because I will be interviewing the women. I want to know them, their dreams. I want us to sit face-to-face, play music that we love, I will draw their portraits, while they tell me what they dream about. And then, they will embroider whatever theen counter inspires them to, and I will incorporate it in the drawing.
Naïve naïve naïve.
This is all I have to say about this stage. But this is how we started off.